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    Wink The use of the indefinite article

    Last night I was reading some English books and one of them explained that we never use singular countable nouns without an article, then I was wondering if this is only in formal English as I have always seen sentences like:

    a) I like banana. (instead of "I like bananas" or "I like a banana")

    Is it totally unacceptable?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: The use of the indefinite article

    Quote Originally Posted by Emanuelli
    Last night I was reading some English books and one of them explained that we never use singular countable nouns without an article, then I was wondering if this is only in formal English as I have always seen sentences like:

    a) I like banana. (instead of "I like bananas" or "I like a banana")

    Is it totally unacceptable?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Last night I was reading some English books and one of them explained that we never use singular countable nouns without an article, then I was wondering if this is only in formal English as I have always seen sentences like:

    a) I like banana. (instead of "I like bananas" or "I like a banana") <<

    It's correct to say "I like banana." if you are referring to "banana" as a flavor.

    For example, "I like chocolate ice cream, but banana is good too."

    If you are talking about "bananas", then it's always, "I like bananas."

    I like a banana. - That sentence is wrong. You could, however, say, "I'd like a banana."

    I like strawberry. - That's okay if I'm using "strawberry" to describe a flavor.

    I like strawberries. - This is the only one that is correct if I'm talking about fruit.

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